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NewYork-Presbyterian CEO Named to National Systemic Interoperability Commission

NEW YORK (Oct 21, 2004)

Herbert Pardes, M.D., President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, has been named to the National Commission on Systemic Interoperability. The Commission, authorized as part of the Medicare Modernization Act, has been charged by Congress with developing a strategic plan for the nation's health-care information technology infrastructure.

In the next year, the Commission will create a comprehensive plan for adopting and implementing technology standards to make health-care IT systems across the country work together. The plan, due to Congress by Oct. 31, 2005, will establish a timeline and priorities for offering technology tools to improve health-care safety, quality, and efficiency.

"The development of interoperable information technology for the medical community will help unify the knowable information about a patient seeking treatment," said Dr. Pardes. "When medical professionals have all the information they need, it helps to eliminate errors and provide better treatment for the patient. The work of the Commission will do much to speed acceptance by the medical industry and find strategies for quick adoption."

Dr. Pardes is a recognized leader in the national movement to develop interoperable systems between and within hospitals. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's most recognized academic medical centers, has been an early adopter and testing ground for many advanced information technology systems.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital — based in New York City — is the largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital in the country, with 2,397 beds. It provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory, and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, The Allen Pavilion, and The Westchester Division. One of the largest and most comprehensive health-care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education, and community service. It consistently ranks as one of the top hospitals in the country in U.S. News & World Report's guide to "America's Best Hospitals," in New York magazine's Best Doctors issue, in Solucient's top 15 major teaching hospitals, and in many other leading surveys. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the country's leading medical colleges: Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

The NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System — which includes acute-care and community hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory sites, and specialty institutes — is committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective, and conveniently accessible care to communities throughout the tri-state metropolitan region. The System serves one in four patients in the New York metropolitan area.

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